7 Places to Celebrate Oktoberfest in NYC

Oktoberfest kicked off this past weekend. Here's where you'll want to celebrate:

Treadwell Park

1125 1st Avenue

The Upper East Side craft beer hall has everything you need for an Oktoberfest celebration. Treadwell Park will be serving a special selection of German beers as well as Oktoberfest bites such as Schnitzel, Bratwursts and Crispy Fritters. Naturally, there will be a stein hoisting competition (with prizes), and Treadwell Park’s everyday entertainment of ping pong, pinball and more will also be there for your enjoyment.

Photo: Instagram/Treadwell Park

Paulaner NYC

265 Bowery

Paulaner Brauhaus is as authentic is at gets when it comes to Oktoberfest festivities. This Bowery brewery and restaurant is one of only six breweries officially pouring beer at the Oktoberfest in Munich. And there’s the food to match.

“All the dishes for Oktoberfest are traditional Bavarian fare that would be featured in the beer tents in Munich, and yet they are not only associated just with the Oktoberfest season,” Chef Daniel Kill, a Bavarian native and veteran of the Michelin-starred Wallsé Restaurant, described in a press release.

Photo: Instagram/whinde

The Standard Biergarten

While The Standard may not be your first thought when it comes to Oktoberfest destinations, they certainly kicked it off right with a German Steuben Parade this past saturday. Now that the celebration is underway, it will host nightly activities like the first annual "Sausage Swallow” contest and even have a T-shirt gun on the premises. Reservations for Oktoberfeast, which runs from 6pm – 9pm, are limited and guests can choose between two different $150 platter offerings which serve 4 – 6 people. For an additional $60 per person beer for up to two hours, can be included with the dinner. This is definitely an option for the more upscale Oktoberfest celebrator.

Photo: Instagram/yungjoyce

Watermark Bar

78 South Street

This year, Pier 15 is being transformed into the ultimate Oktoberfest destination thanks to Watermark Bar. The traditional keg tapping will take place every weekend throughout the festival and welcome a guest tapper each time. Two-hour unlimited tasting packages are available, and there will also be traditional Oktoberfest décor, food, beer, live music, stein holding contests and games. This one is also family friendly.

Photo: Instagram/Watermark Bar

Lure Group beer halls

Clinton Hall, 90 Washington Street

Ambrose Beer & Lobster, 18 Fulton Street

West End Hall, 2756 Broadway

All three beer gardens are celebrating Oktoberfest in a way that’s perfect for gamers and big groups. Aside from featuring traditional décor, food and beer, the locations will also stein hoisting competitions, corn hole competitions and life-sized versions of games like Jenga, Chess, Connect 4, beer pong and more.

Photo: instagram/West End Hall

Zeppelin Hall Biergarten

While not technically in NYC, this spot is worth the Path train ride to Jersey City. It’s the largest beer hall in the tri- state area and won’t disappoint for Oktoberfest. Zeppelin Hall will be offering up Bavarian culinary specialties alike the Giant Pretzel, Schnitzel, Sauerbraten and the Full House Wurstplate with Bratwurst, Kielbasa, Chicken Brat, Andoulie, Cheese Brat and Nurberger. Enjoy and of 50 drought beers while listening to authentic German bands on Friday and Saturday nights.

Circle Line Cruise

Another option is to get off dry land entirely with Circle Line Oktoberfest cruises along the Hudson. Every sailing features German Oom-pah & Polka bands, Warsteiner German beer and traditional Oktoberfest food such as schnitzel, bratwursts, kraut and giant pretzels! Guests can purchase a souvenir beer mug on board in which they can fill up for free throughout the entire duration of the cruise. Cruises depart at 8:30am every Saturday and Sunday, and tickets are $65 for adults.

Photo: Circle Line

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